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Classic Baby Names with a Twist

What if you love classic baby names but want something more original? Or if you're looking to honor a relative but want to spin their classic name a bit differently? Without getting into too-crazy spelling variations or too-easy international forms, here some twists on classic baby names.
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  • Clarinda

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    A poetic name first used in Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queene" in 1596, it had a literary vogue in the 18th century, especially favored by Robert Burns. "inda" names--Melinda, Belinda, Linda" ar... Read More 

  • Clarissa

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    Clarissa, the daintier version of Claire, has a long literary history of its own, having been featured in the novels of Samuel Richardson, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf--Clarissa was the title... Read More 

  • Clelia

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    The obscure yet not unappealing name of a legendary heroine of Rome. The ancient Clelia escaped an Etruscan invader by swimming across the Tiber River.  Read More 

  • Coralie

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    Coralie is a French name not often heard here, though she's gaining some recognition via Neil Gaiman's similar sounding spooky and lovely children's book, Coraline . Other literary appearances: Cor... Read More 

  • Davis

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    Davis is a fresh way to say David. Some sources define it as "son of David," but we see it as a surname spin on the original. While David is an everyman name, Davis has some creative edge -- and ... Read More 

  • Devorah

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    The Biblical name of a great prophet and judge who helped organize an army and effect a major victory over the Canaanites. Sounds much fresher than the Anglicized Deborah. Read More 

  • Dorrit

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  • Dougal

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    Heard in the Scottish highlands, and much more in tune with the present times than the dated Douglas — for which it could make a perfect tribute name.
Dougal was the Scottish nickname for invadin... Read More 

  • Edmond

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    The sophisticated Edmond and its nearly-identical twin Edmund are coming out of mothballs now that Edward, inspired by Twilight, is once again a hot name. Parents looking for an alternative might ... Read More 

  • Elisabeth

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    This Elisabeth spelling is found in France, Germany, Greece, and other cultures, and represented by such notables as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth Shue, Elisabeth Moss and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. ... Read More 

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